a lion. (1.) A city of the Sidonians, in the extreme north of Palestine (Judg. 18:7, 14); called also Leshem (Josh. 19:47) and Dan (Judg. 18:7, 29; Jer. 8:16). It lay near the sources of the Jordan, about 4 miles from Paneas. The restless and warlike tribe of Dan (q.v.), looking out for larger possessions, invaded this country and took Laish with its territory. It is identified with the ruin Tell-el-Kady, "the mound of the judge," to the north of the Waters of Merom (Josh. 11:5). (2.) A place mentioned in Isa. 10:30. It has been supposed to be the modern el-Isawiyeh, about a mile north-east of Jerusalem. (3.) The father of Phalti (1 Sam. 25:44).
laish (Leshem) was taken with the sword and re-named Dan (see below).
Its principal source is at Tell el-Qadi, where it rises out of a basaltic mound whose summit is crowned by the ruins of laish.
The Danites suddenly attacked the city, put to death its inhabitants, and changed its name from laish to Dan.
The small mound I have mentioned a while ago was once occupied by the Phenician city of laish.
Its chief town laish stood in the midst of fertile fields with plenty of wood and water.
The tribes of America, it is true, have degrees of policy greatly superior to anything understood by the men of laish.